Weaver back to being Weaver …
On Monday — before a crushing, 4-3 walk-off loss in Arlington — he pitched seven dominant innings of one-run ball, limiting a slumping Rangers team to five hits and one walk while striking out six. Ian Kinsler‘s sixth-inning RBI single snapped a 19 2/3-scoreless-innings streak for the Angels’ ace, whose ERA is now down to 2.84.
His location was on point and his changeup really came on late.
“Even though those guys have been in a little funk offensively, they’re a very dangerous lineup,” Angels manager Mike Sicoscia said of a Rangers offense that entered with 21 straight scoreless innings. “He really pitched strong to get through seven innings and did a great job.”
Rangers Ballpark has been a house of horrors for Weaver (and most other starting pitchers). He entered with a 5.07 ERA in 17 career starts there, and the last time he pitched here, on April 7, he suffered a broken left elbow — an injury that sidelined him for more than seven weeks and took him a while to finally get into his form.
He’s found that now, though.
Weaver has given up only one run in his last 21 2/3 innings, striking out 23 and walking only six.
“Just being healthy, man,” Weaver said. “I was battling through some stuff there while I was on the DL and I’m finally feeling back to normal — normal arm slot, and everything is coming out good. I know the radar gun is not quite what I would want it to be, but everything is coming out free and easy and location is good. That’s the most important thing — going out there and pitching healthy.”